Student Expelled over Online Post Drags Varsity to Court, Demands N20m

A student has sued Akwa Ibom State University for expelling him over a social media post he allegedly made against the Governor of the state, Udom Emmanuel.

The affected student, Iniobong Ekpo, who was in his final year in the Department of Agricultural Engineering has consequently demanded the sum of N20 million from the University for “general damages and gross breach of his fundamental rights.”

He was suspended and consequently expelled two months ago with a letter from the Registrar barring him from entering the university premises.

The university in a letter dated April 9, 2021 hinged their decision on what it described as ”gross misconduct.” which they claimed constituted a breach of the Matriculation Oath.

The expulsion letter which was signed by the university Registrar John E. Udo also barred the student from entering the campus premises.

Recall that Premium Times had reported that Isang who was a final year student of the Department of Agricultural Engineering had accused the governor in an article on Facebook of failing to fulfill his financial promise to graduating students in 2017.

A part of the post which was made by the student using a pseudonym “Afrosix Jaara” reads:

“It’s 2 years and 166 days since he promised, yet none of the graduands received a naira even the first class graduands were unattended to when they went to his office.”

In a letter that was made available on Facebook intimating the university of the court action, the student’s plea amongst others include a demand of N20 million for damages and a reinstatement into the campus without encumbrances.